Some great news today as the Medical Research Council (MRC) announced that Manchester would be home to one of four new e-research centres to be set up across the UK, with £18m investment.
I am delighted that the government has recognised Manchester's world-wide reputation in pioneering health research and has made this investment in the city. The investment will mean the creation of 15 new jobs as well as safeguarding the wider team of 50 who work within research.
The centre will carry out cutting-edge research linking electronic health records with other research and data to help researchers identify more effective treatments, improve drug safety and study the causes of disease and disability.
This fantastic news for the city means that Manchester will be leading the way in fighting heart disease, cancer and diabetes and ultimately saving lives.
The centre in Manchester will be opened within the University of Manchester's Jean McFarlane Building in partnership with a consortium which includes the Christie Hospital.
Three further centres will open in in Dundee, London and Swansea.